College Roundup: Cal Poly clinches baseball series at Seattle

Bloomquist nearly pitches shutout as Mustangs win rubber match, 2-1

sports@thetribunenews.comMarch 9, 2014 

Casey Bloomquist nearly pitched a shutout, Nick Torres drove in both runs, and Cal Poly held on for a 2-1 victory over Seattle on Sunday to clinch the three-game series at Meridian Park in Shoreline, Wash.

Bloomquist (3-0) was within one strike of firing a six-hit shutout when Brock Carpenter reached on an error before scoring on Cash McGuire’s double that knocked Bloomquist out of the game. Taylor Chris picked up the save.

Bloomquist, a sophomore right-hander, allowed no earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 8 2⁄3 innings.

Torres knocked in both runs for Cal Poly (11-3) with an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run in the third.

Jimmy Allen was 2 for 4 with a double for the Mustangs, who are ranked No. 11 in the nation by Baseball America.

Seattle (6-10) was unable to claim the series after winning a wild game Saturday, 15-14.

SOFTBALL

Cal Poly sweeps Mustang Classic

Cal Poly (13-9) wrapped an undefeated slate in its Mustang Classic, completing a 6-0 run through the tournament with a doubleheader sweep Sunday, 3-2 over Santa Clara and 6-2 over Sacramento State at Bob Janssen Field.

Cal Poly freshman Sierra Hyland (10-3) was the winning pitcher in both games. She spun a three-hitter with one walk and 12 strikeouts in the win over Santa Clara (3-14), then tossed five innings while allowing no earned runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts in the victory over Sacramento State (9-9).

Cal Poly defeated Santa Clara when Broncos reliever Ciara Gonzales hit Mariah Cochiolo with a pitch to bring home Emily Ceccacci with a walk-off victory.

Mustangs shortstop Kim Westlund was 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run against Santa Clara, and Ceccacci went 2 for 4.

Against Sacramento State, Cal Poly scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning — highlighted by Breana West’s three-run homer to left-center field — to build a 5-1 lead.

Ceccacci was 2 for 4 in the nightcap.

MEN’S TENNIS

Cal Poly 4, UNLV 3

The Mustangs (4-8) won four singles points on their way to a home win over the Rebels (4-5).

Cal Poly got singles wins from Marco Comuzzo (6-3, 6-4), Ben Donovan (6-4, 6-2), Jurgen De Jager (6-4, 6-4) and Naveen Beasley (6-4, 6-7/7-9, 6-4).

UNLV claimed the doubles point, though Cal Poly’s Corey Pang and Devin Barber won 8-7 (7-3).

WOMEN’S TENNIS

UC Davis 4, Cal Poly 2

The visiting Aggies topped the Mustangs, with Cal Poly’s two points coming from singles victories by Emily Gibbens (6-3, 7-5) and Kathryn Webb (6-0, 6-3).

UC Davis managed to capture the doubles point, though Cal Poly’s Gibbens and Sayaka Tsugai rolled to an 8-4 victory.

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